Bruce Dickinson pretended to give away a secret when he hinted that he’d be working on more Iron Maiden and solo music in the future.

The lighthearted moment took place during a question-and-answer session after he’d read a section of his book, What Does This Button Do?, to an audience in London recently.

Flicking through a series of questions written by fans before the show, he stopped at one: “‘Now you’ve written your autobiography, is this it?’” Pausing for a drink, he lifted a plastic knife on the table beside him and appeared to consider it deeply before telling himself, “No, not tonight.” He read on: “‘Is this it? Or are we going to get more solo stuff and more from Maiden?’ It’s not it, and yes, and yes.” After the last statement he looked around and put his hand to his mouth, as if he’d given away a secret.

You can watch the video above.

Asked about how the veteran British band had managed to survive for so long, Dickinson compared the members’ collective success to the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. “The porridge has to be just right,” he said. “We’re fragile little organisms, really. Even though we have loads of trucks and make lots of noise and things like that, the relationships in the band are quite fragile."

He explained that the band has survived for so long because everyone in it has a similar end purpose. "We're all born of the same mothership, which is Iron Maiden, and our loyalty is primarily to Maiden and probably then to each others," he noted. "Which makes life really kind of easy in terms of getting on with your fellow bandmates because you give everybody space. ‘Cause we realize that we're all there together to do the same thing – which is to deliver an amazing Iron Maiden show or an amazing Iron Maiden record, or do whatever it takes to do that. So that's the secret.”

Dickinson also talked about his regret at having never seen Led ZeppelinDeep Purple or Jethro Tull in their heyday live; his passion for Doctor Who; and his surprise when he  discovered that people who have lived through cancer, like himself, could technically be designated as “disabled.”

His book tour continues in the U.K. through Oct. 28 and then moves to the U.S. between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4. You can see the remaining dates below.

Bruce Dickinson Book Tour Dates 2017
Oct. 27: Waterstones, Newcastle, U.K.
Oct. 28: Waterstones, Leeds, U.K. (11AM)
Oct. 28: Waterstones, Nottingham, U.K. (4PM)
Oct. 30: Book Review, Huntington, N.Y.
Oct. 31: Hudson Union Society, New York City, N.Y. (12PM)
Oct. 31: St Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, N.Y. (7.30PM)
Nov. 01: Regent Theater, Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 02: Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, Calif.
Nov. 03: Gramercy Theatre, New York City, N.Y.
Nov. 04: Bookends Bookstore, Ridgewood, N.J.



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